Was is from the family of 2008 Investec Derby winner New Approach and was purchased from the 2010 Tattersalls October Sales for 1.2 million guineas.
She was a regular in QIPCO British Champions Series races in 2012, her finest hour coming when winning the Investec Oaks at Epsom by a neck from Shirocco Star, handing trainer Aidan O’Brien his 200th Group/Grade 1 victory in the process.
She failed to run up to that form on soft ground in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh three weeks later, when she finished fourth behind the John Gosden-trained Great Heavens, and took third behind another Gosden filly, The Fugue, in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in August.
She was again third behind Shareta in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and ended the season with a dull seventh place behind Sapphire in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot.
She ran twice in 2013. After her seasonal debut over a mile, she ran a fine race to be second in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, losing out by just half a length to Ambivalent.